Winter holidays in the UK mean fire safety is as critical as ever
The UK is a great place to go on a winter holiday. It’s no wonder that so called ‘staycations’ are very popular for many UK holidaymakers. From Land's End to John O'Groats it is critical that each property is fire safe.
To meet the demand, the number of UK holiday homes has risen by 40%. But the rapid increase has brought with it several concerns.
Top amongst them is fire safety. The Fire Door Inspection Scheme says that last year a staggering 75% of UK fire doors failed inspection, the majority of which are in rented buildings. Given the rapid increase in holiday cottage lets, it’s likely many of these rentals don’t meet fire safety standards.
Those equipped with the knowledge of holiday home fire regulations will be better prepared for bringing new rentals in line with the regulations, and you can help new landlords and first-time holiday rental owners prepare and avoid dangerous situations.
Why are fire doors so crucial?
Fire doors are often neglected, and many UK fire doors fail inspection. They play a vital role in helping to stop the spread of heat and smoke, protecting lives as well as buildings, and are an essential requirement for flats, or houses with loft conversions. They are also recommended for the kitchens of all rented properties.
As mentioned above, three-quarters of UK fire doors fail safety inspections. So, while fire doors may not directly fall in your typical remit, many new landlords and holiday rental owners will seek advice when brought in to help with fire regulations.
How can Protest ES Ltd help keep you compliant with fire door safety?
Protest ES Ltd are LPCB, Firas and FDIS certificated fire door inspection experts who specialise in the inspection and remediation of internal timber doors and front entrance door-sets. We provide a vast array of high quality fire door maintenance solutions, ensuring that every fire door that we work on is safe and that they meet current industry standards. Our DBS checked and qualified technicians will provide assurance that every aspect of your building’s fire doors are functioning in accordance with fire regulations.
Fire doors are a critical element in preventing the spread of fire and smoke, and it is the landlords responsibility to make sure that they are fit for purpose.